Jennings County School Corporation provides supplemental reading help to children in the primary grades through funds received from the federal government's Elementary and Secondary Education Act, Title I. Children who receive this supplemental instruction are children who experience difficulty in reading and who need additional instructional help to perform at a level that is appropriate for their age. Jennings County School Corporation Title I Program emphasis is concentrated at the primary level.
Parent Advisory Councils at each of the elementary schools are involved in this year's project and councils assist school district personnel in planning the project and in informing parents of the project's goals. Title I project officials believe that a child's chances for success in reading will be greatly enhanced if parents are informed and involved in the child's learning activities. Title I Parent Advisory Councils strive to inform and involve parents in meaningful ways of their child's activities.
Parents who wish to know of the Title I activities or who wish to become active members of a parent advisory council are encouraged to contact the principal of the elementary school their child attends.
THE INDIANA PARTNERSHIPS CENTER
A Parent Information & Resource Center
What’s a PIRC?
Who do PIRCs serve?
- A Parent Information and Resource Center. PIRCs are part of the No child Left Behind Act.
- PIRCS are school-based or school-linked resource centers that serve parents, schools, and community organizations.
- PIRCs provide parent-related information, tools, and training focused on improving student academic achievement, understanding school choice, parent rights and responsibilities, and opportunities for students to receive extra academic assistance (supplemental services).
Why focus on Parent Engagement?
- A culturally and economically diverse population, with focus on low-income and limited English proficient families, and families of students enrolled in schools that are not making Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP)
How do PIRCs support the goals of No Child Left Behind (NCLB)?
- Parent engagement has been identified as one of the four pillars of education.
- Research shows that parent involvement is critical to the academic success of children.
How do PIRCs get parent involved?
- NCLB gives schools the increased responsibility of effectively involving parents in their children’s education. PIRCs assist schools by:
- Providing parents with timely, accurate information so that they may understand state accountability systems and the options that NCLB provides them.
- PIRCs identify and coordinate federal, state, and local parent services, and make them more accessible to children and their families.
- PIRCs are the ONLY mechanism that exists for supporting NCLB with the SOLE PURPOSE OF INCREASING EFFECTIVE PARENTAL EDUCATION AND INVOLVEMENT PROGRAMS!
Does Indiana have PIRCs?
- PIRCs are family-friendly and operate from community-based not-for-profit organizations. They help families to fully understand and participate in the school system.
- PRIC services include parent trainings, workshops, and information dissemination (through a variety of languages). PIRCs are the front-line communicators with parents.
- PIRCs work to engage parents in their children’s education in the early years as a way of encouraging continuing involvement as the child grows.
- Parents are involved in PIRC governance through board membership and advisory board committees.
What Audience Does The Indiana Partnerships Center Serve?
- Yes, Indiana has 1 such organization. The Indiana Partnerships Center, in Indianapolis, is the state’s PIRC. It has been in existence for 10 years and began as a program of the Indiana Parent Information Network.
How Does The Indiana Partnerships Center Work?
- Last year, The Indiana Partnerships Center served more than 200,000 parents and nearly 26,000 educators and worked with approximately 2,000 schools (both directly and indirectly). The Center serves all of Indiana, concentrating on high poverty/low performing schools, minority and special needs families, and families with limited English proficiency.
Want To Know More?
- The Indiana Partnerships Center offers professional development and print materials and resources in English and Spanish. These resources are on topics such as effective communication, understanding school accountability, and supporting learning at home. The Center also offers professional development for school personnel and utilizes a parent-focused leadership training initiative called The Indiana Academy for Parent Leadership.
- Call The Indiana Partnerships Center at 1-866-391-1039 (toll free) or (317) 205-2595 within Indianapolis.
- See us on the Web at www.fscp.org
- Visit our Parent Resource Library at 921 E. 86th Street, Suite 108, Indianapolis, Indiana 46240